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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340367/insulin-resistance-is-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-non-diabetic-subjects-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-elsa-brasil-cohort-baseline
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Itamar S Santos, Márcio S Bittencourt, Alessandra C Goulart, Maria Inês Schmidt, Maria de Fátima H S Diniz, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Benseñor
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Epidemiological studies have analyzed the association between carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and insulin resistance, glucose levels or glycated hemoglobin with mixed results. We aimed to evaluate the association between CIMT and homeostasis model assessment - insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), fasting and post-load plasma glucose and glycated hemoglobin in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) baseline. METHODS: We included 8028 participants (aged 35-74 years) without diabetes or overt cardiovascular disease who had complete CIMT data at baseline...
March 10, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340311/early-clinical-efficacy-comparison-study-of-gamma3-nail-percutaneous-compression-plate-pccp-and-femoral-head-replacement-fhr-treatment-on-senile-unstable-intertrochanteric-fractures
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Shaofeng Yang, Yanan Liu, Tongqi Yang, Jun Zou, Huilin Yang
PURPOSE: This study aimed to analyze the early clinical efficacy of Gamma 3 nail, percutaneous compression plate (PCCP) and femoral head replacement (FHR) treatments on senile unstable intertrochanteric fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Totally 116 patients were included to perform an retrospective study, which involved analysis of the operation time, intraoperative blood loss, and hemoglobin reduction on the first postoperative day compared with preoperative levels, fracture gap, neck shaft angle and tip apex distance on the first postoperative X-ray, hospital stay, time from surgery to mobilization, Harris hip scores and Barthel index six months after operation, and complications postoperative meanwhile were evaluated respectively among three groups...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340305/the-clinical-application-of-ngs-based-snp-haplotyping-for-pgd-of-hb-h-disease
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Linjun Chen, Zhenyu Diao, Zhipeng Xu, Jianjun Zhou, Guijun Yan, Haixiang Sun
This study investigated the usefulness of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) haplotyping for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of hemoglobin H (Hb H) disease. Multiple displacement amplification (MDA) was used for whole genome amplification (WGA) of biopsied trophectoderm (TE) cells. Gap-PCR and NGS-based SNP haplotyping was used to distinguish the two genotypes of -α(3.7)/αα and -(SEA)/αα for PGD of Hb H disease. One out of the ten blastocysts (B11) was successfully diagnosed as genotype -α(3...
March 24, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340238/cigarette-smoke-exposure-worsens-endotoxin-induced-lung-injury-and-pulmonary-edema-in-mice
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Jeffrey E Gotts, Jason Abbott, Xiaohui Fang, Haru Yanagisawa, Naoki Takasaka, Stephen L Nishimura, Carolyn S Calfee, Michael A Matthay
Introduction: Cigarette smoking (CS) remains a major public health concern and has recently been associated with an increased risk of developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) experiments in human volunteers have demonstrated that active smokers develop increased alveolar-epithelial barrier permeability to protein after inhaling lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Here we tested the hypothesis that short-term whole-body CS exposure would increase LPS-induced lung edema in mice...
March 9, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340166/complete-blood-count-reference-ranges-from-a-rural-haitian-ambulatory-care-clinic
#5
Robert F Downey
Background: At rural healthcare centers in developing countries, it is difficult to recruit healthy individuals for reference range studies. So, in this study, I evaluated complete blood count (CBC) data to determine reference ranges for a rural Haitian population. Methods: A convenience sample of laboratory records was reviewed to obtain CBC results for 157 adult patients with normal screening examination results. Central 95% reference ranges were determined for male and female subjects...
March 10, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339142/selective-effects-of-oral-anti-angiogenic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-on-an-animal-model-of-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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Yong Hwan Kim, Mi-Jung Kim, Se-Woon Choe, Dennis Sprecher, Young Jae Lee, S Paul Oh
BACKGROUND: Epistaxis and gastrointestinal (GI) tract hemorrhages are common symptoms of aged hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) patients that result in anemia. Clinical as well as animal studies have suggested that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) neutralizing antibodies lessen hemorrhage associated with adult onset arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to evaluate potential therapeutic effects of oral delivery of four anti-angiogenic tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in the development of adult onset AVMs in a murine model of HHT...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338946/instrumental-variable-methods-for-continuous-outcomes-that-accommodate-nonignorable-missing-baseline-values
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Ashkan Ertefaie, James H Flory, Sean Hennessy, Dylan S Small
Instrumental variable (IV) methods provide unbiased treatment effect estimation in the presence of unmeasured confounders under certain assumptions. To provide valid estimates of treatment effect, treatment effect confounders that are associated with the IV (IV-confounders) must be included in the analysis, and not including observations with missing values may lead to bias. Missing covariate data are particularly problematic when the probability that a value is missing is related to the value itself, which is known as nonignorable missingness...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338771/blood-pressure-control-during-chronic-kidney-disease-progression
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Seulbi Lee, Hyung Jung Oh, Eun-Kyung Lee, Oesook Lee, Eunhee Ha, Seung-Jung Kim, Duk-Hee Kang, Kyu Bok Choi, Dong-Ryeol Ryu
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a major cause of end-stage renal disease, and blood pressure (BP) control is crucial in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, it is generally inadequately controlled in CKD patients. We investigated the prevalence of CKD patients with inadequate BP control and its related factors, based on the CKD stage. METHODS: We analyzed the health examination sample cohort database, which consisted of the randomly selected participants among all the citizens who received the health examination provided by National Health Insurance Service of Korea in 2012 and 2013...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338513/restrictive-transfusion-practices-after-esophagectomy-are-associated-with-improved-outcome-a-review-of-the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-general-thoracic-database
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Christopher W Towe, Brian C Gulack, Sunghee Kim, Vanessa P Ho, Yaron Perry, James M Donahue, Philip A Linden
OBJECTIVE: Blood transfusion has been associated with poor outcomes in many disciplines, yet transfusion practices and related outcomes in esophagectomy are unknown. We analyzed the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Database to determine patient factors associated with transfusion after esophagectomy, risk-adjusted variation in transfusion practice among institutions, and the association of transfusion practice with mortality. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients undergoing esophagectomy for cancer from October 2008 to December 31, 2014...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338491/perioperative-management-of-blood-loss-in-spine-surgery
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Rabia Qureshi, Varun Puvanesarajah, Amit Jain, Hamid Hassanzadeh
Spine procedures are associated with high rates of blood loss which can result in a greater need for transfusions. Repeated exposure to blood products is associated with risks and adverse reactions such as transfusion-related acute lung injury, fluid shifting, and infections. With the higher number of spine procedures and the increasing open surgery times associated with difficult procedures, excessive blood loss has become more prevalent. Perioperative methods have been established to combat the excessive blood loss and decrease the need for blood products...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338216/the-diversified-function-and-potential-therapy-of-ectopic-olfactory-receptors-in-non-olfactory-tissues
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REVIEW
Zhe Chen, Hong Zhao, Nian Fu, Linxi Chen
Olfactory receptors (ORs) are mainly distributed in olfactory neurons and play a key role in detecting volatile odorants, eventually resulting in the production of smell perception. Recently, it is also reported that ORs are expressed in non-olfactory tissues including heart, lung, sperm, skin and cancerous tissues. Interestingly, ectopic ORs are associated with the development of diseases in non-olfactory tissues. For instance, ectopic ORs initiate the hypoxic ventilatory responses and maintain the oxygen homeostasis of breathing in the carotid body when oxygen levels decline...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338206/impact-and-clinical-significance-of-embosphere-microsphere-artery-embolization-therapy-in-serum-vegf-expression-level-of-women-patients-with-uterine-fibroids
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H-X Ge, W Xu, D-Q Du, A-J Wang
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effect of Embosphere microsphere artery embolization on the serum level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in patients with uterine fibroid. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From March 2014 to December 2015, 128 women in child-bearing age with uterine intramural fibroids were enrolled in the patient group. At the same time, 128 healthy cases in child-bearing age were randomly selected and enrolled in the control group. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure the serum level of VEGF, and immunohistochemical staining method was used to study the expression of VEGF in the uterine fibroids...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337877/correlation-between-cystatin-c-and-retinopathy-of-type-two-diabetes-mellitus-patients
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C Qian, G M Wan, P S Yan, W Z Wang, S Z Liang, Y Dong
Diabetic retinopathy is one of most common diabetic microvascular complications. In recent years the incidence of the disease has increased, hence early diagnosis and treatment are of great importance. In order to find reliable biological indexes to diagnose and treat type-two diabetes mellitus promptly, this study focused on the correlation between Cystatin C (Cys C) and retinopathy of type-two diabetes mellitus patients. One hundred and eighty type-two diabetes mellitus patients and one hundred healthy controls (the control group) were chosen in this study...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337686/telephone-delivered-behavioral-skills-intervention-for-african-american-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Leonard E Egede, Joni S Williams, Delia C Voronca, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Cheryl P Lynch
BACKGROUND: Diabetes disproportionately affects African Americans and is associated with poorer outcomes. Self-management is important for glycemic control; however, evidence in African Americans is limited. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of a combined telephone-delivered education and behavioral skills intervention (TBSI) in reducing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels in African Americans with type 2 diabetes, using a factorial design. DESIGN: This is a four-year randomized clinical trial, using a 2 x 2 factorial design...
March 23, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337528/a-molecular-study-on-the-role-of-alpha-hemoglobin-stabilizing-protein-in-hemoglobin-h-disease
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Pacharapan Surapolchai, Ampaiwan Chuansumrit, Nongnuch Sirachainan, Praguywan Kadegasem, Ka-Chun Leung, Chi-Chiu So
The clinical course of hemoglobin H (HbH) disease is remarkably variable. It is not completely clear how genetic and environmental factors interplay to modify clinical severity in affected individuals. Previous studies suggested that altered structure or function of alpha-hemoglobin-stabilizing protein (AHSP) could modify the clinical phenotypes of thalassemias. The present study attempted to explore the potential role of AHSP in the pathophysiology of HbH disease in 95 Chinese and Thai/Sino-Thai patients with deletional and non-deletional form of this disease...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337324/discovery-of-gbt440-an-orally-bioavailable-r-state-stabilizer-of-sickle-cell-hemoglobin
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Brian Metcalf, Chihyuan Chuang, Kobina Dufu, Mira P Patel, Abel Silva-Garcia, Carl Johnson, Qing Lu, James R Partridge, Larysa Patskovska, Yury Patskovsky, Steven C Almo, Matthew P Jacobson, Lan Hua, Qing Xu, Stephen L Gwaltney, Calvin Yee, Jason Harris, Bradley P Morgan, Joyce James, Donghong Xu, Athiwat Hutchaleelaha, Kumar Paulvannan, Donna Oksenberg, Zhe Li
We report the discovery of a new potent allosteric effector of sickle cell hemoglobin, GBT440 (36), that increases the affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen and consequently inhibits its polymerization when subjected to hypoxic conditions. Unlike earlier allosteric activators that bind covalently to hemoglobin in a 2:1 stoichiometry, 36 binds with a 1:1 stoichiometry. Compound 36 is orally bioavailable and partitions highly and favorably into the red blood cell with a RBC/plasma ratio of ∼150. This partitioning onto the target protein is anticipated to allow therapeutic concentrations to be achieved in the red blood cell at low plasma concentrations...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336507/planking-or-the-lying-down-game-two-case-reports
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Stefania Barbieri, Paolo Feltracco, Luca Omizzolo, Rossella Snenghi, Rafi El Mazloum, Gianna Vettore, Mauro Bergamini, Armando Stefanati, Daniele Donato, Cecilia Ferronato, Francesco Maria Avato, Alberto Tredese, Rosa Maria Gaudio
BACKGROUND: The monitoring and management of risks regarding children and young people admitted to the emergency department as a result of dangerous behaviors distributed via the Internet should be based on clinical reasoning and knowledge about these social media-related phenomena. Here we examine 2 cases of teenagers who reported severe injuries while performing the "planking" craze, a challenge that consists in lying face-down stiffly like a board on any kind of surface. OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to examine and describe the Internet craze called planking, also known as the "lying-down game," through 2 case reports from our experience, enriching this study with information gained through discussions with secondary school teenagers...
March 23, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336339/optimal-feature-selection-from-fnirs-signals-using-genetic-algorithms-for-bci
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Farzan Majeed Noori, Noman Naseer, Nauman Khalid Qureshi, Hammad Nazeer, Rayyan Azam Khan
In this paper, a novel technique for determination of the optimal feature combinations and, thereby, acquisition of the maximum classification performance for a functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)-based brain-computer interface (BCI), is proposed. After obtaining motor-imagery and rest signals from the motor cortex, filtering is applied to remove the physiological noises. Six features (signal slope, signal mean, signal variance, signal peak, signal kurtosis and signal skewness) are then extracted from the oxygenated hemoglobin (HbO)...
March 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336258/a-comparison-of-combined-intravenous-and-topical-administration-of-tranexamic-acid-with-intravenous-tranexamic-acid-alone-for-blood-loss-reduction-after-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Xiangcheng Liu, Jinglong Liu, Ganghe Sun
BACKGROUND: The optimal dose and protocol of tranexamic acid (TXA) for reducing blood loss in total hip arthroplasty (THA) is controversial. Intravenous TXA (IV-TXA) and combined IV-TXA with topical TXA are the two common protocol after THA. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to compare the efficacy and safety of combined IV and topical TXA with IV-TXA alone in reducing blood loss after THA. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library, China Wanfang database and Google database were searched from the inception to February 2017 to identify RCTs that comparing combined IV and topical TXA with IV-TXA alone for patients prepared for primary THA...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336196/new-strategy-of-closed-suction-drainage-after-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Gun-Woo Lee, Kyung-Soon Park, Do-Youn Kim, Young-Rok Shin, Taek-Rim Yoon
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of late applied negative pressure on postoperative drain output after primary total hip arthroplasty (THA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: 100 patients (100 hips) were treated by closed suction drainage applying negative pressure immediately after THA (group I). The remaining 100 patients (100 hips) were treated by the same drainage system, but the negative pressure was not applied in the first 24 h after THA and then negative pressure was applied (group II)...
March 20, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
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